Aphasia Corner

Help us design the iPhone app…

A few weeks ago we released our first iPhone app: Pronunciation Tutor /W/. While this app targets English as a Second Language speakers (i.e. non-native speakers of English), it has several features that may be of interest to the aphasia community.

Pronunciation Tutor /W/ is a tool that non-native speakers of English can use to practice production of the sound W (as in win, where). This sound is a problem for many non-native speakers of English because it does not exist in many languages. In speech production by non-native speakers it typically gets replaced by sound V.

Listening Practice Screenshot

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Aphasia Simulations: What It Might Be Like To Have Aphasia

I have aphasia logo from National Aphasia AssociationThose of us who don’t have aphasia cannot truly understand what it is like, although we can do our best to imagine what it might be like. If we try to put ourselves in the shoes of a person with aphasia, we will likely be better communication partners.

To address this, we are pleased to announce Aphasia Simulations, an online tool designed to help people better imagine what it might be like to have aphasia. The simulations demonstrate different types of language problems in all areas affected by aphasia: listening comprehension, reading comprehension, writing, and speaking.

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King George VI Didn’t Have Aphasia…

The Kings Speech Poster

… yet, I think “The King’s Speech” movie definitely deserves to be mentioned on the Aphasia Corner Blog. I saw this movie a few days ago — it was one of the best movies I’ve seen in a while. The movie captures intricacies of the relationship between the patient and the therapist in an amazing way.

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Happy Holidays!!!

Wishing you all a happy holiday season. May 2011 bring you each much peace and happiness.

Over the next few weeks we will be taking a short blogging break — we will be back mid January.

In the meantime, enjoy this card…courtesy of the Aphasia Center of California, created by the late Bob Denty, an ACC participant, and a stroke survivor with aphasia.


The Blog, ASHA, and Aphasia Corner Service

Aphasia Corner Logo

I wanted to take a moment and reflect on the last five months, the time in which we have been running the Aphasia Corner Blog. I also wanted to share some information about the service we are working on, as well as talk about the up-coming ASHA conference in Philadelphia which I plan to attend.

Since we started the Aphasia Corner Blog in mid-June, we’ve published twenty posts, approximately one post per week. These posts have spanned the variety of categories available on the blog: Experts Talk, Caregivers Perspective, Living with Aphasia, Computer Tips, and Aphasia Corner.

The first post Aphasia is NOT a Plant described our goals with Aphasia Corner Blog and the service. The majority of posts were contributed by guest authors; I‘d like to take a moment to thank them again for their contributions. We’ve had posts written by people with aphasia, caregivers, as well as therapists and researchers in the field of aphasia.

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Aphasia is NOT a plant

A small plant held by a pair of hands

Over the last several months I’ve had a chance to spend a lot of time discussing the topic of aphasia rehabilitation with speech and language therapists, people with aphasia, and their caregivers.

While talking with Dr. Audrey Holland, one of the top experts in the field, she mentioned an interesting story:

The majority of people don’t know what aphasia is. A couple of years ago the SCALE Aphasia Center in Baltimore, MD installed planters across the street from their facility and then posted a large banner reading: “APHASIA IS NOT A PLANT”.

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